Gifford Eckhout

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Requiem Mass will be celebrated for Dr. Gifford V. Eckhout Jr., 54, of Tyler, on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception with Father Timothy Kelly and Father Luke Kalarickal officiating.

Burial will follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery in Tyler under direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.

Dr. Eckhout passed away Sunday, June 22, 2014, at Tyler after battling a long illness.

He was born Aug. 14, 1959, in Denver, Colo., to Dr. Gifford V. Eckhout Sr. and Mrs. Velma Christine Ferguson Eckhout.

Dr. Eckhout graduated from Colorado College with a B.A. in chemistry. He earned his M.D. from St. Louis University Medical School and completed his anesthesiology training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. While practicing anesthesia at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Eckhout obtained his M.B.A. from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. With the Cleveland Clinic Foundation he was Head, Section on Staff Recruitment, Department of General Anesthesiology, CCF from 2000 to 2005; Anesthesia Coordinator, Operating Room (60 anesthetizing locations); Chair, General Anesthesiology Clinical Issue Committee; Electronic anesthesiology consultation service, Department of General Anesthesiology, development with e-Cleveland Clinic; Elected Representative, Division of Anesthesiology Committee from 2002 to 2004; Clinical Issues Liaison, Department of General Anesthesiology from 2003 to 2005; Finance and Contracting Committee, Cleveland Clinic Physician Organization from 1999 to 2004; Cleveland Society of Anesthesiologists, president from 1994 to 1995; and Cleveland Society of Anesthesiologists, Board of Directors from 1992 to 1997.

In 2005, Dr. Eckhout took on a new challenge as the Chief of Anesthesia at Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics in Tyler. In 2011, Dr. Eckhout was appointed executive vice-president of the Trinity Health Care System in addition to remaining Chair of Anesthesia. Dr. Eckhout's numerous accomplishments include serving on the finance committee of Trinity Clinic from 2007 to 2011, the Board of Directors of Trinity Clinic from 2008 to 2012, and the Practice Standards Committee for Trinity Clinic from 2009 to 2011. He was a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and served on many committees from 2001 to 2013. He was a member of the Texas Society of Anesthesia.

Dr. Eckhout also was the president of the Ohio Society of Anesthesiologists from 2004 to 2005. He was head of numerous departments for The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, during which time he was on the CCF Review Committee for Chairman, Department of OB/GYN; Head of Staff Recruitment, Department of General Anesthesiology; Anesthesia Coordinator, and Chair, General Anesthesiology Clinical Issues Committee.

He accomplished so many things in such a short time. The love and comfort of his wife and children gave him purpose in life to make a difference in others' lives through the medical field and mentoring colleagues to achieve their best.

He is survived by his loving family including his wife, Marlise Martin Eckhout; daughter, Ellen Eckhout, of New York, N.Y.; son, Austin Eckhout, of Tyler; sister, Kimberly Eckhout, of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; brother, Tom Eckhout, of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; two nieces; and one nephew.

Pallbearers will be Austin Eckhout, Perry Ganchar, Shawn Bagwell, Dr. Joe Zasik, Dr. Steven Keuer, Dr. James Stanford, Dr. Armin Schubert and Dr. Ray Borkowski.

Visitation is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 27, 2014, at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway, in Tyler. A reception will be held following the service at noon on Saturday at the Louis & Peaches Owen Heart Hospital at Mother Frances Hospital.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Gifford V. Eckhout Jr., M.D., M.B.A. Memorial Fund at Trinity Mother Frances Foundation, 611 S. Fleishel Ave., Tyler, 75701. Gifts will be dedicated to expand and enhance heart care at the Louis & Peaches Owen Heart Hospital, which he dearly loved and worked to build.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on June 27, 2014
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